Amazing Paper Sculptures ...

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Boy, do I need a cup of coffee...


Hi Folks,


I received these pictures of works of art recently from my brother in law and think they are incredibly beautiful ... Enjoy ! They are sculptures made out of paper by Allen and Patty Eckman...

Paper art of Native American indians made by                                                           Allen and                                                           Patty Eckman

These stunningly detailed sculptures may only be made from paper - but they are being snapped up by art fans for tens of thousands of pounds. The intricate creations depict Native American scenes and took up to 11 months to make using a specially formulated paper


Husband and wife team Allen and Patty Eckman put paper pulp into clay moulds and pressurise it to remove the water


The hard, lightweight pieces are then removed and the couple painstakingly add detailed finishings with a wide range of tools


They have been making the creations since 1987 at their home studio, in South Dakota, America, and have racked up a whopping £3 million selling the works of art


The pieces depict traditional scenes from Native American history of Cherokees hunting and dancing


The most expensive piece is called Prairie Edge Powwow which sold for £47,000

Paper art of Native American indians made by                                                           Allen and                                                           Patty Eckman

Allen said: "We create Indians partly because my great, great grandmother was a Cherokee and my family on both sides admire the native Americans...


...I work on the men and animals and Patty does the women and children" explains Allen

Paper art of Native American indians made by                                                           Allen and                                                           Patty Eckman

"I enjoy most doing the detail. The paper really lends itself to unlimited detail. I'm really interested in the Indians' material, physical and spiritual culture and that whole period of our nation's history I find fascinating. From the western expansion, through the Civil War and beyond is of great interest to me."


Allen explained their technique: "It should not be confused with papier mache. The two mediums are completely different. I call what we do 'cast paper sculpture'"


..."Some of them we create are lifesize and some we scale down to 1/6 lifesize"


"These sculptures are posed as standing nude figures and limited detailed animals with no ears, tails or hair"

Paper art of Native American indians made by                                                           Allen and                                                           Patty Eckman

"We transform them by sculpting on top of them - creating detail with soft and hard paper we make in various thicknesses and textures.

Paper art of Native American indians made by                                                           Allen and                                                           Patty Eckman

"We have really enjoyed the development of our fine art techniques over the years and have created a process that is worth sharing. There are many artists and sculptors who we believe will enjoy this medium as much as we have."

Paper art of Native American indians made by                                                           Allen and                                                           Patty Eckman

An Indian mother holding her baby is a favourite of many clients...

They are absolutely gorgeous aren't they? How in the world did they know what to do to get these fantastic results ???


Cheers Kate xxx.